Apparently everyone involved was just looking for ghosts in an abandoned school in Mabton.'A man famous for leading ghost tours in Yakima was in the old school built in 1911 (now owned by the historical society). Some Richland High School students climbed a ladder into the second story and stumbled upon a group of paranormal researchers.

The man who encountered the teens first was by himself. He did not take kindly to the students invaded his space, and threatened them with what turned out to be a BB gun (fashioned to look real).

He was wearing a strange get up and demanded the kids empty their pockets and show ID. Considering he, too, was trespassing, his behavior was considered abnormal and he got in an argument with the kids, at one point punching one!